January 1st is just New Year’s Day- but in Haiti, it’s also Haitian Independence Day. The world of rap has several artists with Haitian lineage, from Brooklyn rapper Cassanova to G-Unit’s Tony Yayo, Haitians have been adding flavor to Hip Hop’s recipe for generations.
Possibly the most well-known Haitian in rap, Wyclef Jean (and his cousin Pras) of The Fugees are both Haitian. Clef came to the US at the age of nine from Haiti and at one point later in life, he flirted with running for president of Haiti.
3. Flipp Dinero
The “Wax Paper” emcee was born with a very Haitian name. Jean-Jacques Cade aka J-Live is another New York rapper of Haitian descent.
5. Kodak Black
The South Florida rapper known as Kodak Black is the son of Marcelene Octave, a Haitian immigrant. He was born Dieuson Octave and later changed his name to Bill Kahan Kapri.